A New Year
Our first meeting of 2020 will be on Monday 27th January at Number 18, Collingwood Children’s Farm, St Heliers St Abbotsford . This is the old farm house near the front gate of the Collingwood Children’s Farm. We love visitors and new members so please come along if you’re interested in what we do.
Our other summer meeting dates are Mondays 6.00-8.00pm:
- 24th February 2020
- 30th March 2020
In the winter when the days are shorter, we meet at the Collingwood Library.
If you’re a member, the agenda and minutes will be on the Members’ page. If you’re not a member yet, please come along and say hello. You’d be very welcome. If you’d like more info about the branch, check out what we’ve been up to on our Events page or send us an email to CollingwoodCWA@gmail.com.
Our first event for 2020
We are delighted to be participating in this bushfire fundraising event at the Collingwood Children”s Farm. We’ll have all our usual home baked goods and preserves. All proceeds to BlazeAid. Hope to see you there.
It was a lovely day at the farmer’s market at the Collingwood Children’s Farm on Saturday 14th December 2019.
We had so much fun at our stall chatting to people and selling our homemade cakes and biscuits, chutneys and jams, and not to forget our special edition seville and tangelo marmalades made from fruit grown on the farm. Our handmade hemp kitchen cloths and scrubbies were popular, and of course the classic CWA tea towels and cookbooks.
The star of the stall was Trish’s beautiful gingerbread house. The very happy raffle winners were Veronika and Zara. Looked like it was going to a very good home…
What a party at Collingwood Children’s Farm!
We had a great day celebrating with our friends at the Collingwood Children’s Farm on their 40th birthday on Sunday 3rd November. We sold homemade cakes and slices, and it was great to have produce made from the fruit of the farm. We had jars of gorgeous seville orange and tangelo marmalades and fresh fruit sodas. As usual we also sold our sustainable household products – hemp cloths and scrubbies, and tote bag kits made from repurposed coffee bags and feed bags.
Melbourne’s foodbowl can’t be taken for granted
Rachel Carey from Melbourne University was a special guest at our meeting on the 29th July. She talked with us about the crisis facing our foodbowls and what must be done to protect agricultural land as it comes under increasing pressures.
We had a great turnout, including members from our sister CWA branches and our neighbourhood. Over tea and home-baked goodies, Rachel talked to us about the importance of Victorian farms in supplying food to all of us in cities and regional areas, and the alarming risks that are emerging to farm livelihoods and our local fresh food supply. Rachel is one of the authors of a new report that outlines a vision and roadmap for preserving Melbourne’s foodbowl for current and future generations as a fundamental building block in a healthy, resilient, sustainable and fair food system.
This roadmap was developed through a collaborative process involving a wide range of stakeholders. Five key areas of policy action underpin a resilient and sustainable city foodbowl – farmland protection, farm viability, water access, nutrient recycling and sustainable farming.
We will be doing more work to highlight this important issue across the CWA of Victoria and the wider community. Please email us if you would like to get involved.
Collingwood Food Swap will be back in 2020
Got more veggies, fruit or herbs than you can eat? Come and meet your neighbours and swap your surplus on Saturday morning. Check back here for the 2020 dates….
Collingwood CWA is a wholehearted supporter of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.
We believe it is a powerful and moving Statement and should be read by as many Australians as possible. We support the campaign for a First Nations Voice: Put it to the People.
A free heart-shaped shortbread with each copy…
See more pics of our info stall at Collingwood Children’s Farm in our photo gallery. We had a couple of special visitors…
Read more about what we’ve been up to and what we’ve got planned on our Events page.